Oklahoma sophomore linebacker Frank Shannon readily admits that — personally, at least — this year is much better for him than last year.
In an effort to combat the Big 12's high-powered, spread offenses, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops often used schemes with just one and sometimes zero linebackers on the field.
“It was frustrating,” Shannon said. “The media was walking around, and they were saying linebackers weren't nothing and stuff like that. We hear all that stuff. We're human. We hear about it. It did affect all of us, and now we get a chance to see what we can do.”
This year, though, the Sooners have switched to a 3-3-5 base scheme, and there are at least two linebackers on the field virtually all the time.
“It feels pretty good at OU,” Shannon said. “It never felt bad being a linebacker at OU. The tradition is that we've always been good and I feel this year we've been able to prove ourselves more.”
STOOPS VISITS DEONDRE CLARK
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops made an in-home visit to meet with Douglass defensive end Deondre Clark Wednesday night, Clark’s mother told The Oklahoman.
Clark, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound defensive end, has been verbally committed to LSU since the summer. He recently attended OU’s game against Iowa State in Norman.
Ranked No. 3 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 list of the state’s top recruits, Clark had at least 18 sacks each of the last three seasons, and more than 60 for his career. He also rushed for more than 1,300 yards this season after shifting from fullback to tailback.
Clark’s recruiting with the Sooners has been up and down. He developed a strong relationship with former defensive line coach Jackie Shipp, but lost interest in OU after Shipp was let go after last season.